Event: “Inhuman Rights: is the Sun right about the Human Rights Act?”, Helena Kennedy QC lecture on the British press and human rights

23 04 2014

HelenaKennedy-300x200Much of the UK Press has been highly critical of the Human Rights Act, and the anger appears to be rising in the run-up to the European Parliament elections and the 2015 General Election. Read the rest of this entry »

Media Standards Trust Response to PCC Defence of IPSO

8 04 2014

media-standards-trustThe Media Standards Trust has submitted a response [pdf] to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee to the defence by the Press Complaints Commission (“the PCC”) of the “Independent Press Standards Organisation” (“IPSO”). Read the rest of this entry »

Journalisted Yearly 2013 – Scandals, Scares and Sidebar Staples

23 12 2013

JournalistedJournalisted is run by the Media Standards Trust. It collects information automatically from the websites of British news outlets. Articles are indexed by journalist, based on the byline to the article. Keywords and statistics are automatically generated, and the site searches for any blogs or social bookmarking sites linking to each article. Read the rest of this entry »

Using the rhetoric of press freedom to thwart free speech – Martin Moore

20 12 2013

BBCpress-620x410It rarely takes long, in arguments about free speech, before someone refers to John Milton or John Stuart Mill. Most of us remember one particularly strong defence of free speech made in both Milton’s Areopagatica and Mill’s On Liberty. Any attempt to censor, suppress or constrain free speech, Milton and Mill argue, denies people access to the truth. Read the rest of this entry »

Opinion: Without fear and without favour? The press has failed to properly scrutinise the IPSO regulation plan – Brian Cathcart

23 11 2013

Press on SaleEvery ethical journalist must surely accept the principle that if the press is tough on wrongdoing in other walks of life – banks, energy companies, the police, social workers – then it must be at least equally tough on wrongdoing in its own ranks. Read the rest of this entry »

Opinion: The big publishers’ latest scheme: not so much IPSO as WOOPSO – Brian Cathcart

19 11 2013

IPSO Designed by PressBOFThe Media Standards Trust’s analysis of the latest press industry scheme for self-regulation, IPSO, should be enough to sink it forever. It shows beyond doubt that, far from delivering the kinds of changes demanded in the Leveson Report, as its authors claim it does, IPSO is another poorly-contrived confidence trick by the big newspaper companies.* Read the rest of this entry »

IPSO: An assessment by the Media Standards Trust

15 11 2013

media-standards-trustThe Media Standards Trust has today published the first external assessment of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) [pdf], the self-regulatory system put forward by sections of the newspaper industry. Read the rest of this entry »

Media Standards Trust statement on Royal Charter

10 11 2013

Media Standards TrustMST welcomes the agreement of a Royal Charter on self-regulation of the press but calls for a British equivalent of the First Amendment

The Media Standards Trust welcomes the agreement of a Royal Charter on Wednesday 30 October 2013 to establish a recognition body and a recognition process for independent self-regulation of the press. Read the rest of this entry »

The Sun’s Poll about Press Regulation in Context – Media Standards Trust

21 10 2013

the-sun-poll-200x150On Wednesday The Sun published the results of a YouGov poll about press regulation. The newspaper claims [£] that their poll shows that the public has “deep reservations about politicians’ ‘Ministry of Truth’ plans for Press regulation.” Read the rest of this entry »

Leveson: Opinion Poll shows that 50% of public back cross-party charter and 69% favour tougher press regulation

24 07 2013

opinion_pollA new opinion poll carried by YouGov [pdf] and commissioned by the Media Standards Trust shows that 50% of respondents favour the Cross-Party Royal Charter setting up a recognition panel while only 13% favour the PressBoF charter.  A total of 69% of respondents favour tougher press regulation, with only 4% in favour of less tough regulation and 18% in favour of the current level. Read the rest of this entry »


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